Minnesota Environmental Issues Oral History Project: Interview with Nelson French
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: French was born in Duluth and raised in Hibbing. He received his degree in general science from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1977 he began volunteering for the Sierra Club, and in 1979 he was named executive director of the Project Environment Foundation. At the time of the interview he was the assistant director of The Nature Conservancy. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: How French became involved with the Sierra Club and Project Environment; relationships of environmental groups in Minnesota; organization of the Sierra Club; funding guidelines; working with attorneys; involvement with Voyageurs National Park; position towards the Boundary Waters (portages and dams); role of Sierra Club vs. Izaak Walton League in the 1978 Boundary Waters Wilderness act and the image of the Sierra Club; future of environmental restrictions; involvement of politicians in environmental issues; how the Sierra Club sets priorities; Reinvest in Minnesota program; how the Sierra Club picks legal issues to pursue; and working with government agencies.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
36 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 90 minutes length
Creation Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Interviewee: French, Nelson
Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 01/12/1987
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 58
Accession Number AV1988.99.6
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Environmental Issues Oral History Project'

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